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A Year in Mudville: An Oral History of Casey Stengel and the Original Mets Paperback – November 29, 2010
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David Bagdade is an author and musician from Indianapolis. Working as a freelance writer, he has contributed dozens of features and reviews to publications such as Country Standard Time, the Independent Music Guide, Bluegrass Music News, Bluegrass Music Profiles and The Portrait. Mr. Bagdade’s first book is “A Year In Mudville – An Oral History of Casey Stengel and the Original Mets,” a narrative-driven look at the 1962 New York Mets, widely regarded as the worst baseball team of all time. This work examines how and why the team was created, the people involved with the first season (not only players, but officials, broadcasters and fans), and why the Original Mets are such a fascinating topic more than four decades after their debut season. As with any oral history, “A Year in Mudville” depends heavily on the actual words of the participants and offers a compelling look at a legendary collection of characters and events. Mr. Bagdade is also an accomplished performer and recording artist. He has recently released a new CD, “Rocky Shores of Home,” a collection of original and traditional Celtic music performed on various stringed instruments.
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However, if you or someone in your circle, is a New York baseball fan, this would be an excellent book. The author does a great job of telling the story of how National League baseball returned to New York by using newspaper accounts and actual interviews conducted by the author with seemingly anyone and everyone who was involved in the process. Players, coaches, opposing players and coaches, newspaper men, front office employees, attorneys, owners, fans, etc... No stone was left unturned and the result is an extremely detailed account of the events as they happened. The author clears up rumors, misconceptions and just general tales that have taken on a life of their own through time. I've read a ton of baseball books, but there was a tremendous amount of stories and accounts about the early Mets that I had never heard or had clarified due to the author's exhaustive efforts. Having said all that, however, Yankee fans will be satisfied as well (and how can they not be with characters like Casey Stengel and George Weiss, etc... involved?)
The same can also be said for Brooklyn Dodger fans and New York Giant fans. Just tons of information, well told.
It is totally accurate(I know as I lived through this era),unlike
other books about the early New York Mets which tend to dwell
on "legends" and mere nostalgia.
If you are a baseball fan of any team, you will love it!